Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Learn how to bake bacon in just a few simple steps! Oven-baked bacon is so easy since there’s no need to flip it, and you don’t need a wire rack. Using a baking sheet allows you to make a big batch for a crowd, and it’s hands-free so you can work on the rest of your breakfast menu while the bacon sizzles in the oven. 

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Easy Baked Bacon Recipe

Bacon is at the top of our family’s favorite foods list and half of the bacon is eaten before it ever gets to the table with all the ‘sampling’ going on. That’s why I love to bake bacon in the oven because it’s a great way to get our breakfast on the table.

Bacon makes everything better! For example, we love bacon in Baked Potatoes, Cobb Salad, Omelettes, Burgers, Zuppa Toscana, Tortilla Breakfast Wrap, and Grilled Cheese. If you are a bacon lover this oven-baked bacon recipe is a must-try, and it’s also perfect for regular or thick-sliced bacon.

Here’s Why You’ll Love Oven-Baked Bacon

  • Stays flat – unlike stovetop methods, the bacon will stay relatively flat without curling in the oven.
  • Less Mess – you won’t mess up your stove with oil splatter, and what’s more, if you cut your parchment paper to size, you probably can just toss your parchment paper and don’t have to wash your baking sheet either. 
  • Convenient -You don’t need to flip or babysit the bacon, so you are free to multi-task
  • Big Batch – perfect for cooking bacon for a crowd

Baked Bacon Video

Watch Natasha bake bacon in the oven and stay tuned until the end to see how you can use those pan drippings. You will be surprised at how easy this is, so go forth and bake some bacon.

How to Buy the Best Bacon

There are so many options and types of bacon, it can be overwhelming! Any package of bacon will work in the oven, but you can pick better-quality bacon for saltiness, flavor, and texture. Here’s what to look for:

  • Ingredients – bacon should have a simple list of ingredients.
  • Center-cut – has 25-30% less fat at the ends
  • Consider the cut – thick-cut bacon has a different texture and cooking time than the regular cut, so see our notes on how long to bake bacon depending on the cut you’ve purchased

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment. 
  2. Arrange bacon slices so they are touching but not overlapping.
  3. Bake regular cut bacon for 15-20 minutes and thick-cut bacon for 20-30 minutes, or to your desired crispiness
  4. Transfer bacon from the baking sheet to a paper-towel-lined plate and serve. 

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Pro Tip: Keep the rendered pork fat (especially if you have high-quality bacon). Use it for making Hash Browns or Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Let the bacon grease cool for 10 minutes then pour it into a container and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Common Questions

Can I use a rack?

A rack is not necessary and we prefer not to use a rack. Bacon can stick to a rack even if it’s non-stick and it doesn’t brown and crisp as well since it isn’t cooking in its own fat. You’ll have prettier bacon without a rack. 

Can I line it with foil? 

We prefer using parchment paper, but you can use foil if that is what you have on hand.

Can I double the recipe?

You can double the amount of bacon and bake 2 baking sheets at a time on 2 separate racks, just be sure to rotate the baking sheets halfway for even baking.

Can I make this in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! We have a tutorial for Air Fryer Bacon and it’s faster, but you will have to air fry in smaller batches.

How much bacon fits on a baking sheet? 

A half sheet will fit 12 ounces of thin-sliced bacon or 16 ounces of thick-sliced bacon. Make sure you don’t overlap your bacon slices or they will stick together. They can be touching, but not overlapping.

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Pro Tip:

Use a heavy-duty baking sheet that won’t warp in the oven. These are extra-thick aluminum pans and the types used in a commercial kitchen. 


IF you have anything left over after you bake bacon in the oven, leftovers will keep well for several days. If only a few strips remain, crumble and use to top soups or salads like our BLT Salad.

  • To Refrigerate: Let bacon drain on paper towels then cool completely to room temperature. Transfer to a zip-top bag, remove excess air, and refrigerate for 4-5 days.
  • To Reheat: You can re-crisp bacon on a skillet, in the oven, or air fryer. I don’t recommend reheating in the microwave because it gets chewy and rubbery.

Oven-Baked Bacon Recipe (VIDEO)

Oven-baked bacon is the most efficient way to cook up a bigger batch of bacon. We love this method for a lazy Saturday morning, paired with our fluffy Scrambled Eggs and sliced avocado for the perfect breakfast.

Recipes with Bacon

Now that you know how to bake bacon in the oven, let me know your favorite things to serve with it in the comments. These are our favorite ways to serve crispy baked bacon.


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